‘We’ll thoroughly vet candidates’

KUALA LUMPUR: Perikatan Nasional will not field candidates deemed to be “troublesome”, says its secretary-general Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin.

“We have the names and will vet their backgrounds thoroughly. We want to know if they have any outstanding court case or criminal cases.

“We will also check their status with the Inland Revenue Board and other agencies,” he told reporters after launching the Third National Forensic Science Symposium for Law Enforcement here yesterday.

Hamzah, who is also the Home Minister, said it was usual for Perikatan to conduct a thorough vetting process.

“Stability does not only mean that one big group controls Parliament. Ensuring that the group is clean and their integrity unquestionable also brings stability,” he said.

He said all who aspired to represent the people must be trustworthy.

“This starts from the moment they become candidates until the rakyat chooses the candidate,” he added.

Meanwhile, Hamzah said he would discuss with the Inspector-General of Police on security preparations for GE15.

“During this period, many accusations could be hurled by certain parties which could cause ill feelings.

“That is why I have urged the police to use some state-of-the-art equipment and gadgetry in their policing work throughout this period,” he noted.

On the leave freeze for the police, Hamzah said the Chief Secretary to the Government would make an announcement on leave involving civil servants.

“The Prime Minister has already urged the Chief Secretary to make an announcement on this,” he added.

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